Arts and Culture

Learn to self-care in a selfless way
Learn to self-care in a selfless way
“Are you feeling better now?” she asked.
Celebrate anniversary of black artist’s union
Celebrate anniversary of black artist’s union
Most professionals, artists, academics and students can tell you about the isolation of working within institutions of power. They talk about the...
Apartheid assassin   was sane
Apartheid assassin   was sane
Harris Dousemetzis didn’t know about prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd’s assassin Dimitri Tsafendas, but he was aware of apartheid from a young...
Mash comes alive on stage
Mash comes alive on stage
When pianist Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane’s fusionist debut Amanz’Olwandle landed in 2016, he says the jazz police called him out for...
On our Lists this week: Sibu Mash Mashiloane, Ndebele rap, and J-Live
On our Lists this week: Sibu Mash Mashiloane, Ndebele rap, and J-Live
KiD X featuring Shwi Nomtekhala and Makwa: Mtan’ Omuntu
Border delays because officials can
Border delays because officials can
Many African governments have, in the past few years, made it easier to travel across borders on the continent. But, as a South African, it is...
The Weekend Guide
The Weekend Guide
The Joburg Film Festival: The festival will screen a selection of African and international films, which include documentaries,...
On our Lists this week: Reni Eddo-Lodge, Blood Orange
On our Lists this week: Reni Eddo-Lodge, Blood Orange
Put a Spell on You by Alice Smith: Call it an audio craving from the moon. I found myself sitting with my thoughts under the stars...
Cultural songs go digital
Cultural songs go digital
Umagunqelindawo, a song in which a bride sings about her dissatisfaction with her marital home, is a tune that falls in the tradition of wedding...
‘Kanarie’: Coming out in a silenced era
‘Kanarie’: Coming out in a silenced era
Johan Niemand (Schalk Bezuidenhout) is a clumsily tall pupil in matric with Bambi eyes and a likeable quirk that he expresses through music. Two...
Shange paid the price for her honesty
Shange paid the price for her honesty
There have been very clear moments when the loss of a famous person felt personal. This year, the deaths of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Hugh...
Mexico with its take on the dead
Mexico with its take on the dead
Just two days after Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations, in which marching bands and skeletal puppets paraded through city streets, William...
Frida Kahlo’s communist ideas revisited and rejected
Frida Kahlo’s communist ideas revisited and rejected
Since July, people have flocked to the first-ever exhibition of the works of Mexican Frida Kahlo in Budapest — except Hungary’s right-wing...
The markings of Zulu rap
The markings of Zulu rap
In the middle of Manelis’s album Aircuts, there is a snippet of deceased Durban emcee XO rapping a verse. He is transposed on to the proceedings...

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